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of washington a resolution to the fiscal cliff was unlikely. but president obama returned early from vacation and is said to have a new proposal to offer congress, sparking a rally that left the dow down just 19 points. reports are swirling apple is moving production of its mac mini computers to foxconn plants in the u.s. apple may also be working on a smart watch. and, the new york stock exchange landed the most ipo for 2012. larry levin of trading advantage joins us now. larry, it feels like we are already hanging off that cliff. > > it definitely feels that way. everybody is obviously watching for some kind of news out of washington. that is what has moved the market every day for the past couple of weeks. it will be no different today. so i absolutely agree with you. > should investors be concerned about the move in the volatility index yesterday? > > it was interesting to see that, and it is really something that at least active investors watch on a regular basis, so any time the vix moves, i think it is something to watch. > what do you anticipate for the friday trade? > > i certainly t
see people work three jobs just to make ends meet. that's not fair." in late november, president obama met with small business owners for their input about the fiscal cliff, and the minimum wage was mentioned. "i think the administration is interested in doing something, but it also comes with some baggage, so i'm not sure it'll be taken up." opponents of raising the minimum wage say it would hurt teenagers, an age group facing the highest unemployment rate already. during the recession, many of those jobs were held by adults. in fact, in colorado, two out of three minimum wage workers are older than age 20. meanwhile, a bill in congress would raise the federal minimum wage 85 cents a year for three years until it reached $9.80 an hour. after that, it would be linked to inflation. as end-of-year charitable donations step up this week, the new york attorney general is releasing disturbing details about charity fundraising. for- profit telemarketers hired by charities to raise funds kept an average of 61.5 cents of every dollar donated. 76 of the 602 charity campaigns in the study, lost
. moments after president obama was declared the victor, the money struggle in washington stole the spotlight as lawmakers debated over how to avert the fiscal cliff. mother nature took a toll on several parts of the country this year. superstorm sandy ripped through the northeast in late october, leaving a trail of damage along the way. the storm racked up damage of around $60 billion, making it the second most expensive storm ever for the u.s., following hurricane katrina. the storm destroyed houses and businesses on the east coast, leaving millions without power. just months earlier, crop prices shot up following a massive drought that hit the midwest and some northern states. weeks without rain sent corn and soybean prices sky-high. it was estimated that the drought was the worst in nearly a quarter of a century. 2012 was not without its controvesies. trading scandals rocked the news, highlighted by jpmorgan chase. the big bank lost more than $2 billion in what was called "a trading debacle." ceo jamie dimon took a trip to capitol hill for a testimony where he told senators
computers, forcing a delay in filings and tax refunds until march of 2013. president obama and members of congress are set to return for one day more of talks to avert spending cuts at the same time tax cuts expire. one alternative being floated - congress may let income taxes go up on everyone one tick past the stroke of midnight, then quickly vote to decrease tax rates for most americans back to 2012 levels. meanwhile, starbucks ceo howard schultz wants his employees to send a message and scrall, "come together," on cups for drink orders in the d.c. area. it's the first time employees have been asked to write anything other than customers' names on cups. former members of a regulatory agency are walking the well worn path from washington to wall street. since june, 9 members of the commodity futures trading commission have taken jobs at financial firms including jpmorgan chase and japanese investment bank nomura, according to the wall street journal. members of the cftc have been making the transition to help firms intepret changes under the dodd- frank reforms passed in 2010. critic
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